At least 25 suspected terrorists killed and seven hideouts destroyed in latest round of shelling.
Pakistan’s military said it killed 25 militants in airstrikes on tribal regions near the Afghan border on Wednesday as part of a major offensive against the Taliban and other insurgents.
The strikes took place in the Sanzila area of South Waziristan and Tirah in Khyber, the military said in a statement. “In precise aerial strikes, 25 terrorists were killed and seven hideouts were destroyed,” the statement added.
The conflict zone is off-limits to journalists, so there is no way to independently verify the number and identity of those killed.
Pakistan began a long-awaited push to clear insurgent bases from North Waziristan last June after a bloody Taliban attack on Karachi airport finally sank faltering peace talks. Airstrikes, artillery, mortars and ground troops have all been used to take back territory.
The semi-autonomous tribal areas on the Afghan border have for years been a hideout for militants of all stripes, including Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban as well as foreign fighters such as Uzbeks and Uighurs.